Counselling at college after stabbing of German students

Tue, Dec 4, 2012, 00:00

Griffith College is providing counselling to staff and students following the death on Saturday of Thomas Heinrich, a German student who attended the college.

Mr Heinrich’s college in Munich, MHMK, has also flown in a psychologist to help students.

A fourth person arrested in connection with the fatal stabbing in Dublin was released without charge yesterday.

Mr Heinrich’s parents have arrived in Ireland and were “devastated”, said president of the college Diarmuid Hegarty. Staff and students at the college were “deeply shocked.

Robert Rinker, a fellow German student who was also stabbed during the incident, was in a stable condition at St James’s Hospital, said the college.

The students involved in the attack were two of around 50 German students from the MHMK media college in Munich spending a foreign semester in Dublin.

The stabbings happened early on Saturday at Herberton Apartments in Rialto where the two students were renting accommodation.

Gardaí believe the two students were on a balcony at a party in the block of apartments when words were exchanged between them and two teenagers walking past. Later when confronted on the street the teenagers produced knives and the two German men were stabbed.

Gardaí arrested a teenage boy in connection with the incident late on Sunday and released him yesterday. Two other teenage boys and a woman in her 40s were held over the weekend but were released without charge on Sunday.

A file has been sent to the DPP.